Lev"el, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Leveled (-ĕld) or Levelled;
p. pr. & vb. n. Leveling or
Levelling.] 1. To make level; to make
horizontal; to bring to the condition of a level line or surface;
hence, to make flat or even; as, to level a road, a walk, or a
2. To bring to a lower level; to overthrow;
to topple down; to reduce to a flat surface; to lower.
And their proud structures level with the
He levels mountains and he raises
3. To bring to a horizontal position, as a
gun; hence, to point in taking aim; to aim; to direct.
Bertram de Gordon, standing on the castle wall,
leveled a quarrel out of a crossbow.
4. Figuratively, to bring to a common level
or plane, in respect of rank, condition, character, privilege, etc.;
as, to level all the ranks and conditions of men.
5. To adjust or adapt to a certain level; as,
to level remarks to the capacity of children.
For all his mind on honor fixed is,
To which he levels all his purposes.
Lev"el, v. i. 1.
To be level; to be on a level with, or on an equality with,
something; hence, to accord; to agree; to suit. [Obs.]
With such accommodation and besort Shak.
As levels with her breeding.
2. To aim a gun, spear, etc., horizontally;
hence, to aim or point a weapon in direct line with the mark; fig.,
to direct the eye, mind, or effort, directly to an object.
The foeman may with as great aim level at the
edge of a penknife. Shak.
The glory of God and the good of his church . . .
ought to be the mark whereat we also level.
She leveled at our purposes.
Lev"el (lĕv"ĕl), n. [OE.
level, livel, OF. livel, F. niveau, fr.
L. libella level, water level, a plumb level, dim. of
libra pound, measure for liquids, balance, water poise, level.
Cf. Librate, Libella.] 1. A line
or surface to which, at every point, a vertical or plumb line is
perpendicular; a line or surface which is everywhere parallel to the
surface of still water; -- this is the true level, and is a
curve or surface in which all points are equally distant from the
center of the earth, or rather would be so if the earth were an exact
2. A horizontal line or plane; that is, a
straight line or a plane which is tangent to a true level at a given
point and hence parallel to the horizon at that point; -- this is the
apparent level at the given point.
3. An approximately horizontal line or
surface at a certain degree of altitude, or distance from the center
of the earth; as, to climb from the level of the coast to the
level of the plateau and then descend to the level of
the valley or of the sea.
After draining of the level in
Northamptonshire. Sir M. Hale.
Shot from the deadly level of a
4. Hence, figuratively, a certain position,
rank, standard, degree, quality, character, etc., conceived of as in
one of several planes of different elevation.
Providence, for the most part, sets us on a
Somebody there of his own level.
Be the fair level of thy actions laid
As temperance wills and prudence may persuade.
5. A uniform or average height; a normal
plane or altitude; a condition conformable to natural law or which
will secure a level surface; as, moving fluids seek a
When merit shall find its level.
F. W. Robertson.
6. (Mech. & Surv.) (a)
An instrument by which to find a horizontal line, or adjust
something with reference to a horizontal line.
(b) A measurement of the difference of altitude
of two points, by means of a level; as, to take a
7. A horizontal passage, drift, or adit, in a
Air level, a spirit level.
See Spirit level (below). -- Box
level, a spirit level in which a glass-covered box is
used instead of a tube. -- Carpenter's level,
Mason's level, either the plumb level or
a straight bar of wood, in which is imbedded a small spirit
level. -- Level of the sea, the imaginary
level from which heights and depths are calculated, taken at a mean
distance between high and low water. -- Line of
levels, a connected series of measurements, by means of
a level, along a given line, as of a railroad, to ascertain the
profile of the ground. -- Plumb level, one
in which a horizontal bar is placed in true position by means of a
plumb line, to which it is at right angles. -- Spirit
level, one in which the adjustment to the horizon is
shown by the position of a bubble in alcohol or ether contained in a
nearly horizontal glass tube, or a circular box with a glass
cover. -- Surveyor's level, a telescope,
with a spirit level attached, and with suitable screws, etc., for
accurate adjustment, the whole mounted on a tripod, for use in
leveling; -- called also leveling instrument. --
Water level, an instrument to show the level by
means of the surface of water in a trough, or in upright tubes
connected by a pipe.
Lev"el (lĕv"ĕl), a.
1. Even; flat; having no part higher than
another; having, or conforming to, the curvature which belongs to the
undisturbed liquid parts of the earth's surface; as, a level
field; level ground; the level surface of a pond or
Ample spaces o'er the smooth Milton.
And level pavement.
2. Coinciding or parallel with the plane of
the horizon; horizontal; as, the telescope is now
3. Even with anything else; of the same
height; on the same line or plane; on the same footing; of equal
importance; -- followed by with, sometimes by
Young boys and girls
Are level now with men; the odds is gone.
Everything lies level to our wish.
4. Straightforward; direct; clear;
A very plain and level account.
5. Well balanced; even; just; steady;
impartial; as, a level head; a level understanding.
[Colloq.] " A level consideration." Shak.
6. (Phonetics) Of even tone; without
rising or falling inflection. H. Sweet.
Level line (Shipbuilding), the
outline of a section which is horizontal crosswise, and parallel with
the rabbet of the keel lengthwise. -- Level
surface (Physics), an equipotential surface at
right angles at every point to the lines of force.